Hindustani Language Overview

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What is the most appropriate term for the language spoken in Deccan, Northern India, and Pakistan?

Hindustani

Which language is greatly influenced by Sanskrit?

Hindi

Which variety of Hindustani is deeply influenced by Persian and Arabic?

Urdu

What term is used to refer to a third variety of Hindustani with significant English influences?

Hinglish

Who endorsed the concept of a Hindustani language as a unifying language that could transcend communal and religious divisions across the subcontinent?

Mahatma Gandhi

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Hindustani Language

  • Hindustani is the most appropriate term for the language spoken in Deccan, Northern India, and Pakistan.
  • Hindustani is greatly influenced by Sanskrit.

Varieties of Hindustani

  • Urdu is a variety of Hindustani that is deeply influenced by Persian and Arabic.
  • Hindi is a variety of Hindustani that is less influenced by Persian and Arabic.
  • Hindustani with significant English influences is referred to as Hinglish.

Concept of Hindustani Language

  • Mahatma Gandhi endorsed the concept of a Hindustani language as a unifying language that could transcend communal and religious divisions across the subcontinent.

Test your knowledge of Hindustani, an Indo-Aryan language spoken in Deccan, Northern India, and Pakistan. Learn about its two standard registers, Hindi and Urdu, and its role as a lingua franca in the region.

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